Blackwood is a duo that draws upon the wide ranging performance experience of composer/organist/pianist Peter-Anthony Togni and bass clarinetist/composer Jeff Reilly. Together these two musical soul-searchers have toured the world with the trio Sanctuary, released concertos for bass clarinet and choir on the German label ECM, as well as creating string orchestra concertos and full length works for solo bass clarinet and vocal quartet on the Montreal based label ATMA classique.
In Blackwood, Togni and Reilly explore the full range of their musical experience, from modality to modernism, in a sound that has the precision of gesture and clarity of focus that blurs any simple distinctions between improvisation and composition, and does so with a musicality and sensitivity that reminds us that such distinctions are moot. Together they have played hundreds of concerts touring Russia, China, Europe and North America performing in a range of contexts: jazz, contemporary classical, choral, orchestral, string orchestra, and Gamelan orchestra.
The glue that holds them together is a common love of improvisation, a passion for taking musical risks, and a deep desire to to connect with their audience. Long time collaborators at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, they have been playing and creating music together since 1998. To view videos of the duo and hear Blackwood sounds visit Jeff Reilly’s website.
Award-winning composer and pianist Peter-Anthony Togni and bass clarinetist Jeff Reilly join forces to release their first single with their duo BLACKWOOD.
You can stream or download UNCOUNTABLE today!
July 16, 2021 – Halifax, NS. Canada – Uncountable is Peter-Anthony Togni’s meditation on the infinite beauty and grace of the natural world. It is the first single from Blackwood’s album “Lost and Found” set to be released on September 24th, 2021. “Lost and Found” is Peter-Anthony Togni and Jeff Reilly’s collection of compositions inspired by subjects ranging from the power of dreams, the birth of children and grandchildren, the natural world and medieval plainchant. Composed both individually and collectively over a two-year period, this new album reflects the sum total of their shared musical experience.
Blackwood: mystical, dark and full of heart.
Upcoming full album release: September 24th, 2021
I was smitten by Togni’s atmospheric force… and the virtuoso bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly extends his cadenzas across the history of sound, from monody to modernism in a performance that is dominant and hypnotic. There is something epiphanic about this music… resist it if you can.Norman Liebrecht, La Scena Musical
July 21, 2021 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Halifax Jazz Festival
Virtual Performance via Vimeo
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